Buying and selling homes is what real estate agents do for a living, and most of them are pretty good at it. Every one of them will do things just a little bit differently, but surveying the professionals in the industry provides us with some of their most common hints to help you sell your home. What to do, and what not to do, according to real estate agents across the country are included here for any homeowner to review. You can pick and choose from these as they apply to you or not do them at all, but these are pretty commonly accepted standards at this point and might help save you as a homeowner a lot of trouble when preparing your house for sale.
1. Know your market: Do your research to find out what the other homes in the area are going for or have sold for recently, and figure out how they stack up next to yours. Did a neighbor with the exact same model home as yours sell theirs for twenty thousand dollars less than you want to sell yours for? Then there likely need to be features and upgrades that have set your home apart, such as solar panel installation or a finished basement. Doing this research carefully will help you price your home accordingly.
2. Clean: This cannot be said enough. If you are going to be living in the home while it is being shown, it must be kept spotless. This is almost impossible for anyone with a busy schedule to handle, so hiring professional carpet cleaners along with a maid service for the duration of the sale will help your house look spotless. Especially if you have a lot of carpet, do not skip the carpet cleaning services. It will be obvious to many people, if not to you, when they walk through your living room that you have not cleaned the carpet in a long time. Upholstery cleaning is another service to consider, though less important since the furniture is ultimately going with you. Vendors such as All Pro Chem Dry often offer several of these services together for your convenience.
3. Staging: The above point about cleaning goes hand in hand with this one, staging the furniture. They are both directed at showing off the absolute best side of your home for potential buyers to be able to imagine how their own furniture and their own family might look in the house. You might have to completely rearrange your furniture, pack things so they are out of the way, or put some items in storage until the house sells because they simply clutter up the space or otherwise do not look good in the home at the moment.
4. Be flexible. Especially if you are living there while the home is being shown, you will need to be flexible and clear out when real estate agents bring by various clients. Besides keeping it clean, you also need to get out of your own way when the house is being shown and that will go a long way towards making potential buyers more comfortable and open when viewing your home.
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